How do I set up my comic panels?
Answer PJ replies
At its simplest, a comic page is made up of a number of images called panels or frames. (In the US you’re more likely to hear the word panel than frame – they mean the same thing, but frame is Clip Studio Paint’s preferred term.) Frames are separated by a gutter, and it’s the gutter that performs the magic in the reader’s eye of coalescing those frames into a single coherent story.
Clip Studio Paint has tools for everything, including creating frames and their borders, and here I’ll discuss ways to simplify the process and best practices for working with frames so you can do it quickly – and then get on with the fun stuff of drawing comics.
If you’re about to do a 200-page graphic novel, it’s important to be consistent, so from the outset you’ll want to establish some rules. I’ve always preferred a solid 5mm gutter around my frames, with a border thickness of 1.4mm. These are pretty much the standard for 2000 AD.
Chaos, destruction, panic, all contained within a mix of fullbleed and overlapping panels built within Clip Studio Paint. When you have a monster too large to be contained in the frame, that’s when you may need to have it burst out!